Mum’s Lemon & Garlic Chicken

This is quite simply the easiest chicken recipe in the world.

Mum would make it for us when she was rushing around, racing in and out of the darkroom, helping with homework, kissing grazed knees, shooing ponies out of the kitchen, generally being Wonder Woman (she had the hair, too!).

With all of that going on, she would still miraculously serve up a banquet at supper time.

In summer we have it in the garden with mixed greens & potato salad, in winter with buttery mash and a creamy lemon sauce.

It was my go-to recipe at University and I still whip it up without a second thought when I want something delicious, simple and homey.

With very little effort you get crispy chicken, with tender meat and an epic gravy.

It’s good served cold on picnics too!

Right this is a recipe for two hungry types. You can double or halve as needed.

4 Free Range (pasture raised in USA) skin-on chicken thighs

1 head of garlic

2 lemons

Olive oil

Flaked salt


Dried oregano

Pre-heat your oven to 180C/350F and kick off by ripping your garlic apart. Don’t bother peeling the cloves.

Scatter them into a baking tray.

Lay your thighs in there too (your chicken thighs, not YOUR thighs, silly).

Flank the chicken with quarters of lemon and sprinkle really generously with flaked salt.

Grind over some black pepper.

(I enlist the help of Sergeant Pepper for this bit.)

Dust generously with oregano.

Drizzle with olive oil.

And it’s ready to rock!

Bake for 45-60mins, and pop it under the grill (broiler) for 2mins if the skin isn’t as crispy as you like.

Now, in winter I take the chicken out of its gravy and stir through a good glug of cream. I pour this into a jug and serve it along side chicken and carb-free mash (I like it better than real mash).

But in summer, I just knock up and easy salad.

Cherry toms.


Mixed leaves, all tossed in a simple honey-mustard dressing.

I put 1tsp mustard powder, 1tbsp white wine vinegar, 1tsp honey, pinch of salt & olive oil into a jar and shake the hell out of it, before pouring all over the salad.

Then I just serve it all up in its tray.

Grab a piece of chicken, a slice of lemon and a clove of garlic.

Squeeze the soft, caramelised lemon.

And do the same to the roasted garlic.

These make the most delicious dipping sauce!

Tuck in.

Poultry in motion!

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  • It looks absolutely divine! I make a similar version on the grill during the summer, marinating the chicken in the lemon juice an hour prior. Definitely want to try out the mustard dressing!

  • Looks absolutely stunning! Can’t wait to make that for the family for dinner! x

    Lexxi-Anne //

  • Haha ‘Poultry in motion’ smh! Love this recipe. Will definitely be trying this soon πŸ™‚

  • Vicky

    Hi Rosie,

    This looks absolutely delicious, i’ll be making it for our Sunday lunch this week. Yummy!

    On another note, i’m hoping that you could give me a London restaurant recommendation…. I’m looking for somewhere special and a bit swanky as a birthday treat for my other half. Any ideas?

    Vicky x

  • Wow this really does look wonderfully simple- have to say I’m a sucker for anything that’s vaguely citrusy! May just have to give this a go in prep for a picnic I’m having this weekend….If the weather holds!


  • Lizzie Baxter

    My Mum did this recipe too when we were little. Delicious! xx

  • Perfect for a summer lunch and leftovers for sandwiches.
    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • Looks divine! You should try this carrott, orange and cashew salad! So refreshing for a light summer bite!

  • I am so making this for my housewarming dinner. Healthy and easy! Perfect.

  • Laura

    Looks delicious and sooooo easy and versatile! Thanks, Rosie! πŸ˜€

  • PeonyandPeach

    This looks delicious! Do you think it would work with chicken breasts? How much would I need to cut the cooking time by?

  • This looks delicious and simple for lazy cooks like myself! Plus that peppermill is adorable πŸ™‚

  • Oh man. I really must stop reading these before my lunchbreak…


    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  • Right….I’m going to try this recipe ASAP! My mouth is literally watering from looking at these beautiful pics. Doesn’t help that it’s lunchtime and I’m starving!

  • This looks so delicious! Simple and really tasty xo
    Hannah |

  • Unbelievable. Mouth is watering. Guess what I’m making for dinner later…

  • Mmm, I have a feeling I’m going to making this very soon!

  • Looks so yummie!!! x

  • Ooh yum! I can imagine how tasty this is… especially that sauce the chicken’s swimming in!

  • This looks delicious! I’m still meaning to try your portuguese chicken recipe – my family may just need to have a chicken week?! xx

  • Love an ‘easy’ recipe – must try this at home, to save me eating out so much!!

    – Nina
    Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blogger |

  • Tanahya Grace

    Wow, for something so delicious looking it definitely is easy to make! Going to have to like this and refer back to it soon! Great recipe, thanks for sharing!


  • maidannutengaracasteddu

    Have you ever try it with the lamb? Unforgettable, specially if you add to the gravy sauce cappers and mint and bring it to the boil for one minut or so. Really delicious

  • I make something very similar to this in summer & throw a few olives in there too! Yours looks delicious, as does the salad – somehow the bowl of soup I’m having for lunch isn’t satisfying me now!!!!
    Hugs xoxo

  • This looks so good, this is actually my go to dinner to show off for people πŸ™‚

  • Corey Stokes

    It looks like you’ve got some sort of other leafy green herb/spice sprinkled on the chicken, other than the salt and pepper. Can you let me know what that is?

  • perfection!

  • Yum, this looks so good and no marinading for lazy types like me!


  • Rebecca

    Yummy!- looks like a nice weekend dish to try. Great post as always Rosie! xx

  • Thank you for sharing the recipe, Rosie! I’ve been drooling over it since you posted the picture on instagram! This past weekend, we had friends over and I threw together your guac from the Bacon and Avocado Toasts post. They raved about it! Wonderful how simple, lovely food can be best!

  • This looks delicious and really easy! always looking for a great, quick recipe I can make with four littles underfoot! Your recipes are always so good and flavorful too.

  • They look so good! I always love your food photos so thanks for sharing some recipes once in a while! πŸ™‚

  • Imogen

    I am definitely trying this – it looks amazing and so easy!
    Immy x

  • This chicken looks and sounds like it would be amazing! I think sergeant pepper is a must have πŸ™‚

  • Jessica

    The salad looks absolutely amazing!!! I’m going to try and make this entire meal for me and the family. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Looks so delicious! πŸ™‚ It would be lovely if you visit my blog! Thank you for this beautiful feast for the eyes.

  • Looks so delicious! πŸ™‚ it would be lovely if you could visit my blog! thank u for this beautiful feast for the eyes.

  • This. Looks. Awesome. !!
    And so simple, yet powerful flavor packing. I’m going to try this, thanks again for another great recipe, Rosie. You always make these look like the best meals ever.

  • Love a good chicken recipe, especially anything involving garlic!

  • Charlotte

    Currently drooling at my laptop. Will definitely be making this as soon as possible!

    Great recipe Rosie,


  • Geena

    That looks amazing and so simple! I’m always put off my recipes with a 40-strong ingredients list. Sometimes the simpler, the better!

  • Emma O

    This looks AMAZING! Cute nutcracker too! I had Lemon Chicken last night, it was really amazing with garlic it may be even better πŸ˜€

    Emma Louise xx

  • This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try:)

  • looks amazing! Im always looking for meals that are both easy and impressive!!


  • ninegrandstudent

    This looks amazing – pretty similar (though less saucy!) to the dish I made a while back, I’ve linked you in! x

  • This looks and sounds amazing, my mum would absolutely love this ! Linking her to it now

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • Sophie Jane Cheval

    Yum! i really need to start cooking…..looks so easy!

  • bazilarisiyahsever

    It looks healthy and delicious! I will try it, thanks:)

  • lexi

    I love easy dinner recipes!
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

  • This looks fabulous! I make this kind of thing with leeks and onions and they get all caramelised and lovely!!

  • chantelle

    Perfect!! This is great for packing into a little container for the next day’s lunch. Your food posts never disappoint Rosie!

  • Can this be real? It looks so pretty and sounds so easy – it can’t be!

  • AurΓ¨

    Hello,Ciao Rosie and thanks to share such mouthwatering recipe…it’s great!…I’ll try it!
    have a great weekend full of sunshine

  • That looks so amazing! I’m drooling while reading this! I miss homemade food so much


  • Mouth watering pictures! Can’t wait to try it tonight! xx

    Monica || Wifey Off Duty

  • I can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks Rosie!

    the bloody blog

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Looks fantastic Rosie! A definite must for me to try πŸ™‚


  • loks great, lovely photography!

  • Emily Kalbun

    My mouth is watering!!! Could I try maybe with a bit less oil or none at all as I am not a fan of greasy lips? Would it work the same?

  • I’m trying this tonight – wish me luck…eek!

  • Lucy Birchall

    Just popped this into the oven now, I’ll let you know what I think though I can only imagine it’ll be totally delicious. Can’t wait!

  • Manda

    I will be making this for din!

  • Sarah

    Yummy! Garlic, lemon and chicken is such a good combination. I made a recipe similar to this one a few nights ago with quinoa and kale crisps, check it out on my blog, Rosie. Think you’ll like it!


  • I need to make this!

  • Courtney Trumbull

    Honestly, you have made my life better. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes! Seems I search almost the ENTIRE internet and always find what I am looking for here! Thank so so so much!!!

  • Sergeant Pepper is the cutest! –

  • I made this yesterday and it was absolutely delicious and couldn’t be any easier! Thanks Rosie! Little London Girl x

  • Heather Monaco

    I made this last night and it was amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Danielle Shelton

    What a wonderful recipe πŸ™‚ made it for dinner and turned out great, thank you.

  • Rachel Kupferman Stein

    made this for the hubs tonight – he says “thank-you.”

  • YH

    I made this the other day and it was so delicious! So easy to make, the roasted lemon & garlic are amazing to go with it. I served it up with some potato mash. Definitely a recipe keeper!

  • aah roasted chicken. nothing is more easy πŸ™‚


    A Beautiful Zen

  • Ermahgerd I am so making this tomorrow night!

  • I made this last night- it was delicious!! Plus it made my boyfriend very happy, he couldn’t stop saying how good it was or going back for more- happiness all round! x

  • Hannah Fletcher

    I’m about to make this tonight for me and my partner with the no farm mash. Soooo hungry!!!!

  • Rosy

    Looks absolutely delicioso!! Reminds me of what my mother makes. It must be a mom thing.

  • Sally May

    I’ve made this a few times now and it’s a hit with the hubby and soooooo easy! πŸ™‚

  • Katie Garay

    I’ve made this twice now (except with chicken breast) and it’s so delicious. It’s so easy to make and lemon and garlic are such a good combo. Thanks for the recipe, Rosie! xo